Ultrasound technology is being used for more than two centuries and has manifested a satisfactory method for diagnosis and guiding minimally invasive procedures. Versatility of ultrasound technique is proving beneficial to perceive the internal imaging of hollow organs such as urinary bladder, uterus, stomach and internal organs such as heart, gallbladder, spleen etc. Whilst ultrasound scanners measure the bladder volume, large size of them make them difficult to use at bed-side. Portable ultrasound bladder scanner is a non-invasive device used to measure the bladder volume or residual urine measurement. The portable ultrasound bladder scanner thus can be used to obtain fast and accurate diagnosis of urological disorders such as urinary Incontinence, urinary tract infections (UTI), voiding dysfunction, hematuria, kidney and ureteral stones, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), bladder cancer etc. Portable ultrasound bladder scanners are proving beneficial for the postoperative measurement of residual urine volume over bladder catheterization. Due to increasing efficiency of ultrasound bladder scanners and better patient convenience and safety, conventional methods for voiding dysfunction assessment such as catheterization and uroflowmetry are rapidly getting replaced by the ultrasound assessment technique. According to the study conducted by Department of Surgery Kurume University Hospital Japan, the frequency of catheterization has decreased by 38% in last 10 years owing to the use of ultrasound technique for post void residual (PVR) measurement.
Portable Ultrasound Bladder Scanner Market: Drivers and Restraints
The global market for portable ultrasound bladder scanner is expected to be driven by the advancement in technology and prevalence of urinary disorders such as UTI, voiding dysfunction, urinary incontinence etc. According to National Population Health Survey results the prevalence of urinary incontinence in men is 1.4% and that in women is 2.5%. Moreover, increased use of portable ultrasound bladder scanner in elderly patients, ease of use of the instrument, adjunctive use of the instrument for guiding catheter placement are some factors anticipated to fuel growth of global portable ultrasound scanners market within the forecast period of 2016-2026. However, less accuracy of the ultrasound technique over catheterization can be the restraint for the growth of this market.
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Portable Ultrasound Bladder Scanner Market: Segmentation
The global portable ultrasound bladder scanner market is classified on the basis of product type, end user and geography.
Based on product type, the global portable ultrasound bladder scanner market is segmented into the following:
- 2D Portable Ultrasound Bladder Scanner
- 3D Portable Ultrasound Bladder Scanner
Based on end user, the global portable ultrasound bladder scanner market is segmented into the following:
- Diagnostic centers
- Ambulatory Surgical Centers
Portable Ultrasound Bladder Scanner Market: Overview
Cost-affectivity of ultrasound bladder scanners and ongoing researches on improving quality of care for continence would create an attractive growth opportunities for the portable ultrasound bladder scanner market. The results of an economic analysis by Ontario Health Technology Assessment indicated US$ 192,499 cost-saving in 2006 due to use of portable ultrasound bladder scanners over alternative methods. The hospitals end user segment is expected to hold the highest market share in global market for portable ultrasound bladder scanners.
Portable Ultrasound Bladder Scanner Market: Regional Overview
Region wise, the global portable ultrasound bladder scanner market is classified into regions namely, North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia-Pacific, Japan, Middle East and Africa. North America dominated the global market for portable ultrasound bladder scanners due to good reimbursement policies for diagnostic procedures. Increasing number of local players providing portable ultrasound bladder scanners at low cost in countries such as China is expected to boost the market growth in APEJ region.
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Portable Ultrasound Bladder Scanner Market: Key Players
Some of the key players in global portable ultrasound bladder scanner market include Verathon Inc., C. R. Bard, Inc., ECHO-SON S.A., SRS Medical, ABORIE MEDICAL ULC, Medical Measurement Systems b.v., Wellecho, Inc., Caresono Technology CO., LTD., MEDA Co., Ltd., The Prometheus Group, Vitacon US, LLC, dBMEDx and others. Most of the providers of portable ultrasound bladder scanners are adopting the strategy of providing these products through e-commerce, so that buyers can browse the products according to their needs.